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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
June 26, Tuesday
TUESDAY TUNES WITH FASTER THAN WALKING
James Monroe Highland/ The Front Porch.
James Monroe's Highland, in partnership with The Front Porch, hosts the 4th annual Tuesday Tunes, a three-part series of sunset concerts at the home of President James Monroe. Bring a picnic, blanket or chairs and the whole family and enjoy live music at sunset. Local food and alcohol vendors will also be on-site. James Monroe Highland.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
Thursdays in June
GROOVIN' AT THE GREENWAY
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Come to the park for a free concert every Thursday in June. Constitution Park, Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: seltzersa@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
July 3, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND FAMILY POPS CONCERT
The Paramount Theater.
The program will music from cartoons, movies and musicals. Guest Artists include vocalists Julie Stavitski and Jim Wynton. There will be a musical instrument petting zoo for the youngsters beginning at 7pm. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $free. 
 
July 7 & 8, Saturday & Sunday
AZURAT MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Front Porch.
Dinner is potluck at sunset so please bring a dish to share. After dark there will be a bonfire, sparklers, roasting marshmallows and rocking on into the night. This is a home party that began as a tradition in 2001. Email for directions. 10:30am Saturday-12pm Sunday.  $Donation.  Email: sherri@azurat.com.
 
July 11, Wednesday
INDIGO GIRLS
Sprint Pavilion.
The Indigo Girls return to Charlottesville. Sprint Pavilion.  7pm, doors open at 6pm.  $Varies.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-272-8849. 
 
July 14, Saturday
13TH ANNUAL BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FEST
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Now a part of the 2018 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. Bring your fiddle, jam out, and enjoy this day-long event filled with top Bluegrass artists. Dunlop Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort.  12-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8292. 
 
July 15, Sunday
MOUNTAINTOP MASTERWORKS I: BERNSTEIN & BEETHOVEN
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Beethoven's "Eroica" has been called "the greatest leap ever made in the history of arts and letters." Find out why this piece stirs the soul, and explore the unique Facsimile of ballet music by another groundbreaking composer: Leonard Bernstein. Featuring solos by three of Festival Artists. Dunlop Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort.  3-5pm Sunday.  $42 per person, under 18 free.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0541. 
 
July 17, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
The program will include classics, patriotic favorites, jazz, pop and show tunes. Guest artist is vocalist Doug Schneider. There will be a musical instrument petting zoo for the youngsters beginning at 7pm. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9850. 
 
July 5-26, Thursdays
ROCK N' RIDGEVIEW
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Department.
Grab a blanket & meet up at the amphitheater for live music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the food truck. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
July 6-27, Fridays
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: JULY LINE-UP
Sprint Pavilion.
July's concerts feature July 6-Free Union, July 13-Rob Cheatham, July 20-Speidel, Goodrich, and Goggin and July 27-Gladstones Sprint Pavilion.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
May 27-September 30, Select Sundays
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
May 22 & June 26, Tuesdays
TODDLERS IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum.
Families are invited to a new program for toddlers 12-24 months and their adult companions. Led by a Museum educator, pairs will be introduced to big ideas in development theory and given time to playfully practice strategies in the Museum space. Registration is required. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-10:45am.  Contact: Education department .  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
June 23, Saturday
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
DuCard Vineyards.
Benefit for Madison County Animal Shelter. Bring the pooch for pet contests including best costume, frisbee catch and agility with prizes and more. Lovable pets available for adoption, too. Plus music on the patio by Grass Fed (2-5pm). No cover but donations accepted. Food available for purchase from Two Brothers Southwest Grill. DuCard Vineyards.  12-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
June 16 & 23, Saturdays
PICK YOUR OWN CHERRIES AT SAUNDERS BROTHERS FARM MARKET
Saunders Brothers Farm Market.
Come pick your own sweet cherries. and take a wagon ride. Bring lunch and enjoy beautiful Nelson County views. Saunders Brothers Farm Market.  9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Celebrate America's Birthday with a day of good old-fashioned family fun. Enjoy delicious food, and cold and refreshing sweet cider, hard cider and wine. Get in the spirt and join our family-friendly games like Water Balloon Toss, 3-Legged Race, Sack Races and more. Enjoy hayrides in the afternoon until dark, and live music from 2PM til dark. Local fireworks at 9pm. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-9:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833 . 
 
July 22, Sunday
5TH ANNUAL SUPER PEACH SUNDAY
Drumheller's Orchard.
Peaches, peach ice cream, peach milk shakes, peach samples, peach product, live music, food and lots of fun at Drumheller's with a designated Kids Zone for the kids. Food will be provided by the Lovingston Ruritan Club. Drumheller's Orchard, Lovingston.  11am-5pm.  Email: morgan@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-5036. 
 
July 14-August 5
U-PICK BLACKBERRY SEASON 2018
Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.
Pick your own blackberries on our beautiful farm. No thorns. Blackberries priced by the quart. Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: hilltop1@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1266. 
 
May 22-August 29, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
COME GROW WITH US
Chiles Family Orchards.
These children's sessions include story time, a take-home craft or cooking project, and a small container for pick-your-own fruit and a snack. The program is geared towards ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome. No drop offs. Chiles Peach Orchard.  10:30am, arrive by 10:15 to register.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
May 29-August 29, Mondays & Tuesdays
CULTIVATING CURIOSITY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Bring kids ages 3-8 for a story time, craft, snack and fruit picking. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am.  $8 per child, no charge for accompanying adult.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April-September, Final Fridays
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
The newest tradition at the orchard includes live music, food, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Prince Michel Wines. A family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. Chiles Orchard, Crozet.  6-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
May 12-September 8, Second Saturdays
BLM BULL & RODEO
Oakland Heights Farm.
A fun family-friendly atmosphere, including live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing. Make an evening of it with live music, vendors, and food concessions benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Department. Oakland Heights Farm, Gordonsville.  5:30pm gates open, 6pm music, 7:15 bull riding.  $15 adults, ages 3-13 $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Matt Lamb.  Email: oaklandheightsfarm@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-222-1824. 
 
June 9-September 8, Second Saturdays
STARRY NIGHTS AT VERITAS VINEYARD & WINERY
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Come spend a night on the lawn listening to great music under the stars. Bring a picnic and buy your favorite Veritas wines, or enjoy the buffet at a table (reservations required). Bring your family, friends, picnics, lawn chairs, and dancing shoes for an unforgettable night in the great outdoors. Veritas Vineyard & Winery.  5pm gates open, 7-11pm band.  Email: tastingroom@veritaswines.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000. 
 
Mid-June through mid-September
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PEACHES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own yellow peaches mid-June through mid-September among scenic views. Ready-picked peaches include white peaches and donut peaches. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-6pm Monday-Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday (through August 25).  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
May 3-September 27, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Enjoy dinner, live music, hayrides, and the best view of a sunset anywhere. It’s free admission. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, or come early for a picnic table. Carter Mountain Orchard.  5:30-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
April 7-November 15, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area.This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
April-November, Weekends
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  10am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
June 23, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL SUMMER SOLSTICE WINE FESTIVAL
Lazy Days Winery.
Celebrate local wines, enjoy live music on two stages, great festival foods, local growers, arts and crafts. Wine tasting tickets include a free souvenir glass. Lazy Days Winery.  Directions: 1351 N. Amherst Hwy, Amherst.  11am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-381-6088. 
 
June 23, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL BLUES FESTIVAL
Central Virginia Blues Society.
Enjoy a day of fabulous blues music with five amazingly talented acts, along with food, libation, vendors and more. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  3-10pm.  $15 general admission.  Email: centralvablues@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 20-23, Wednesday-Saturday
CAROLINE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Racing pigs, community exhibits, petting zoo, camel rides, games, contests and more. See website for full schedule. Caroline County Agricultural Fair Grounds.  Directions: 8332 Country Fair Lane, Ruther Glen.  5pm nightly, 12pm Saturday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-466-1507. 
 
June 23, Saturday
GYPSY FOOD TRUCK ROUNDUP 2018
Staunton Recreation Parks.
Children's activities including rec equipment, arts & crafts and more. Enjoy live music and relaxation with food available for purchase from amazing vendors. Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand.  11am-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 20-23, Wednesday-Saturday
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR
Orange County Fair Association.
This old-timey county fair focuses on rural life without the carnival rides. Each day is packed full of contests, shows, crafts, exhibits and music. See website for full schedule. Orange County Fairgrounds.  Directions: 14500 Old Gordonsville Road, Orange.  All ages welcome.  Email: orangecountyvafair@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-661-5393. 
 
June 23, Saturday
SOLSTICE SUNDOWN
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Come dance, relax, and celebrate summer at Early Mountain. An array of festive vendors will be offering their goods through the afternoon and bands will be playing on the back lawn. Early Mountain Vineyards.  4-10pm.  $18.84 adult advance, $7.72 child advance, .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005. 
 
June 4-25, Mondays
FAMILY FIESTA IN THE PARK
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Families are invited to come out to enjoy free special entertainment with performances at the Woodland Picnic Shelter with easy access to the playground, pool or a nice walk along the river. See website for performers. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6pm.  $Free, donations accepted.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
June 30, Saturday
8TH ANNUAL CROZET INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & CELEBRATION
Crozet Volunteer Fire Dept. / Crozet Community Association.
The parade starts at Crozet Elementary through downtown, all the way to Claudius Crozet Park, where there will be live music, free rides and games for kids. Bring a lawn chair if you want to be comfortable as you watch the events. Traditional American Fourth of July fare will be available including BBQ, apple pie, and burgers. Veggie and vegan choices also available. Event culminates with a stupendous fireworks show. Sorry, no pets. Claudius Crozet Park.  5-10pm, 9:30pm fireworks.  $Donations, 12 and under free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-5899. 
 
June 26-30, Tuesday-Saturday
CARNIVAL 2018
Massies Mill Ruritan Club.
Nightly bingo, rides, games, food. Come join us for this annual event which combines fun for the entire family with support for key community organizations. Massies Mill Ruritan Club, Roseland.  6-10:30pm Tuesday-Friday, 4-10:30pm Saturday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-8325. 
 
June 26-30, Tuesday-Saturday
GREENE COUNTY FAIR
Greene County.
Entertainment, food, concerts, animal shows, contests and more. See website for schedule and prices. Greene County Fairgrounds.  Directions: Located on Route 230 (Madison Road) off of Route 33 Business in Standardsville.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-985-6663. 
 
July 3, Tuesday
SUMMER JAM
Massanutten Resort.
Fireworks, beer & wine garden, food vendors, kid's corner, live music and more. Rain or shine. Massanutten Resort.  5-10pm.  Email: info@massresort.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
CBS19'S PATRIOTISM IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Gates open at 5pm for an evening of family friendly fun with food, local bands and games for kids of all ages including an obstacle course, bounce house and balloons. Zaxby's Chicken Fingerz Eating Contest at 6pm. Fireworks show begins one minute after dark. Free parking is available at Charlottesville High School or take free shuttles from the Albemarle County Office Building. McIntire Park.  5-10pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Special needs shuttles running from Walker Upper Elementary School  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Celebrate America's Birthday with a day of good old-fashioned family fun. Enjoy delicious food, and cold and refreshing sweet cider, hard cider and wine. Get in the spirt and join our family-friendly games like Water Balloon Toss, 3-Legged Race, Sack Races and more. Enjoy hayrides in the afternoon until dark, and live music from 2PM til dark. Local fireworks at 9pm. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-9:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833 . 
 
July 2-July 4, Monday-Wednesday
JULY 4TH JUBILEE
Wintergreen Resort.
Celebrate the red, white and blue with music, a block party, movie under the stars, chairlift rides, games for the entire family and, of course, fireworks on Tuesday the 3rd. The craft fair will take place Tuesday and Wednesday. See website for full schedule. Wintergreen Resort.  Directions: Nellysford.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
STANARDSVILLE 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL AND FIREWORKS
Town of Stanardsville.
Historic Stanardsville comes alive with a free, family-friendly community festival featuring nearly a full day of fun and activities including a parade, lively musicians and entertainers, battle of the bands, a people's choice car show, bounce house and games for the entire family. Stanardsville, Virginia.  10am.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@stanardsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-990-6511. 
 
July 7, Saturday
PICNIC IN THE PARK
Madison County.
A fun afternoon with a free picnic in the park. Play volleyball in the grass and sand courts, corn hole, kickball or bocce ball. Kids will love the 100-foot slip and slide. Concessions will be available. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  4-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 14, Saturday
WAYNESBORO SUMMER EXTRAVAGANZA
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Arts & crafts vendors from around the state, cloggers, magicians, live music, amusement rides and lots of great food. 5 & 10K race starting at 8am and grand finale fireworks in the evening. Ridgeview Park, 700 S. Magnolia Ave., Waynesboro.  10am-10:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept..  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
July 13-15, Friday-Sunday
RED WING ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Red Wing Roots .
This family-friendly celebration has multiple stages with dozens of high-quality national and regional bands, kids events and activities, bike rides in the scenic Shenandoah Valley and close access to great hiking and fishing. Natural Chimneys Park, Mt. Solon.  Email: info@redwingroots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-245-5727. 
 
July 21, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL SK8 NELSON FESTIVAL
SK8 Nelson.
A celebration of skateboarding culture in Nelson County with proceeds going to SK8 Nelson maintenance and liability expenses. Festival features MinPin Memorial Skate Jam, Games of Skate and Best Trick Contest, lots of live music, and food and beverages. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  4-9pm.  $5, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0100. 
 
July 21, Saturday
BLACKBERRY DELIGHT
Shenandoah National Park.
An annual event that celebrates the sweet-tart fruit in all its glory. Skyland chefs create these special blackberry-infused dishes, and combine it with a full day of live music, dancing, local crafts, pony rides, and kid's activities to make it a fun day for the entire family. Skyland.  Directions: (mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive).  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
July 18-21, Wednesday-Saturday
MADISON COUNTY FAIR
Madison County Fair.
Enjoy the carnival, home exhibits, livestock and animal shows, kids fun tent, contests and competitions, a magic show, aerialists, demolition derby and more. See website for full schedule. Madison County Fair Grounds.  Email: madisoncountyfairva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-7073. 
 
July 21, Saturday
PURCELLVILLE'S ANNUAL WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
The festival showcases wines, foods and other fineries from purveyors located in and around Loudoun County. There will be continuous live music. Fireman's Field.  Directions: Purcellville.  2-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-338-7421. 
 
June 23, Saturday
SUMMER CELEBRATION AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Fun for the whole family. Come for lawn games, sports demos, kids activities, KILWIN's ice cream & sweets, a BBQ food truck and more. Horton Vineyards.  12-4pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
June 2, July 7 & August 4
MUSIC IN THE BLUE RIDGE
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Come enjoy amazing tunes, brews, and views with pop-up beer tastings, too. You can camp in the new Devils Backbone Camp. Showers, RV hookups, and glamping packages are now available. Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows.  Directions: 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland.  5-6pm beer tasting, gates open 4:30pm.  $15 advance, $20 at the gate, free for 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
July 8-August 5
SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL AND ACADEMY
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Building Bridges: Celebrating the Connections that Only Music Can Make presented by Wintergreen Performing Arts. Professional musicians and artists join forces with aspiring student musicians and faculty. Set among the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you'lll hear classical, jazz, pop, bluegrass, and Broadway. Plus you can enjoy cooking classes, seminars, and concerts at neighborhood wineries, cideries, breweries, and venues. Wintergreen Resort Park.  $various.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julianne Akins.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0541. 
 
August 13-18, Monday-Saturday
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY FAIR
Rockingham County Fair Association.
The state's largest agricultural fair with rides, competitions, motor sports, animals and more. See website for a schedule of events. Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg.  $Prices vary.  All ages welcome.  Email: jeff@rockinghamcountyfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-434-0005. 
 
July 20-September 2
SHENANDOAH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.
This summer, come to one of the mid-Atlantic region's longest-running outdoor music events, with world-class music by a stellar array of performers. Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center, Orkney Springs.  Times vary.  $Prices vary.  Email: info@musicfest.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3396. 
 
May 27-September 23, Fourth Sundays
PICNIC ON THE PATIO
Tavern on the Green.
Enjoy food, fun and games in a carnival atmosphere featuring corn hole, volley ball, a bounce house, and more. Each event will feature different vendors, a winery, distillery, & brewery. Pre-order a picnic basket from the Tavern or purchase à la carte as there will be grilling outside with all your picnic favorites. Seating is available on the patio but you can bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to eat on the grass. Tavern on the Green, Zion Crossroads.  12-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
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June 23 & 24, Saturday & Sunday
ALL AMERICAN HONOR GUARD MILITARY HISTORY WEEKEND
All American Honor Guard.
Featured will be American and allied military tableaus from the Jamestown militia to the present, including uniformed reenactors, weaponry, equipment, tentage, rations & vehicles. Throughout the event, there will also be blank firing of period weapons , short tactical demonstrations along with Blackjack Pershing Presents True Stories from the Great War. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  9am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lew Butts .  Email: Lewbutts@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-219-2133. 
 
June 28-30, Thursday-Saturday
1776, THE CONCERT MUSICAL
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Theatre al fresco returns to Poplar Forest for an evening with the special presentation of 1776--the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone based on the events leading up to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Rain date is Sunday July 1. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  7:30pm.  $17.76 adults, $13 youth/students, $4 children.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY AT COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG
Colonial Williamsburg.
There's no better place to celebrate our nation's birth than on historic Duke of Gloucester Street. Enjoy a full day of patriotic festivities, including public readings of the Declaration of Independence, musical performances, hands-on activities for the kids, and a dazzling fireworks display to cap the evening. Directions: I-64E to exit 238. Follow signs.  9am-10pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-965-7254. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT POPLAR FOREST
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Enjoy colonial-style entertainment; demonstrations by colonial artisans and craftsmen; colonial militia recruiting; archaeology displays; children’s activities; a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence; and more. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  10am-4pm.  $9 Adults, 14 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
July 6, Friday
HISTORIC TREE WALK AT HIGHLAND
Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards & James Monroe's Highland.
The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will teach participants more about Highlands trees during this free 90-minute walk. You will also see a hemlock and towering white oak that date to Monroes time. Learn how to identify trees in the summer using leaves, bark, twigs, form, and many other features, as well as how Highland trees and tree-ring dating have contributed to historical interpretation. Registration is required. Please register through Highland's website. Attendance is limited to 25 people. James Monroe's Highland.  9-10:30 am.  $Free and open to the public.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
July 5-August 31
KIDS ARE FREE
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier is offering free admission to all children (14 and under) who visit with a paying adult. Kids are Free promotion applies exclusively to any Daily Tour. All visitors are asked to check in at the Visitor Center. James Madison's Montpelier.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
June 10 & September 2, Sundays
THE DOGS OF MONTPELIER LANDSCAPE WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Enjoy Montpelier’s trails and grounds with your canine companion, while learning about the history and folklore of dogs at Montpelier. James Madison's Montpelier.  2pm.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
May 12, June 16, July 14, August 18, September 15 & October 27, Saturdays
DIG IT! MONTPELIER ARCHAEOLOGY TOUR
James Madison's Montpelier.
These monthly tours highlight the many different components of the archaeological discovery process, including Locating, Excavating, Analyzing, and Reconstructing archaeological sites on the property. Come see sites that have been located by the archaeology department, and explore the ongoing excavations and analysis being conducted. James Madison's Montpelier.  1-2pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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June 23, Saturday
CRAFT C'VILLE POP-UP MARKET AT IX
IX Art Park / Craft Cville.
Come see favorite and new vendors and support local artists, makers and The Women’s Initiative. Firefly on The Fly Food Truck will be dishing up great food. 10am-3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Saturdays in May & June
NELSON FARMER'S MARKET COOPERATIVE
Under the big white tent, a producer-only market featuring live music, fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, fine crafts, plants, cut flowers and more. 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  8am-12pm.  Email: contact@nelsonfarmersmarket.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-760-6655. 
 
June 23-July 19
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library at prices you won't believe! The Green Valley Book Fair is a discount book outlet store featuring over 500,000 new books at incredible bargain prices. 2192 Green Valley Lane, Mount Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
April 27-September 8
FEATURED FARMER FRIDAYS
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Each Friday, come to a mini farmers’ market in the Tasting Room Veranda with local farmers to showcase and sell their products. Come every Friday to celebrate our local food and farmers. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden.  11am-5pm.  Email: info@pippinhillfarm.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8063. 
 
April 28-September 29, Saturdays
MADISON FARMERS' MARKET
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come to the Farmers Market to shop, eat and browse. Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.  8am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May-September, Saturdays
ALBEMARLE FARMERS MARKET
New farmers market at Hollymead Town Center. Hollymead Town Center.  8:30am-1pm.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: albemarlemarket@gmail.com. For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
May-October, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Opening day in 2018 is May 2. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Meade Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
Late April-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
May 5-October 13, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For more info call: 434-823-1092. 
 
April-October, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 7-November 3, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy local produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers, jams, and hand-crafted items in historic Scottsville. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Deb Smith.  Email: market@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-9267. 
 
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June 23, Saturday
FAMILY FILM FUN: BLACK PANTHER
JMRL- Central Library.
Come to the library for a big screen family showing of Black Panther. Bring your blankets and pillows. Popcorn will be provided. JMRL- Central Library.  2-4:15pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 13-27, Wednesdays
FREE FAMILY FILM SERIES
Violet Crown Cinema and Virginia Discovery Museum.
Grab the popcorn, sit back and relax, and keep cool this summer with a free Family Film Series. June 13: The Wizard of Oz (1939). June 20: The Neverending Story. June 27: Chicken Run. After the movie, families can enjoy half-price same-day admission to the Virginia Discovery Museum when they redeem their ticket stub at the museum's check-in desk. Violet Crown Cinema.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-529-3000 . 
 
June 26 & 27, Tuesday-Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: DESPICABLE ME 2 AND HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 4 & 5, Tuesday-Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: THE LEGO MOVIE & ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Both movies play each day. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 10 & 11, Tuesday & Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: SING AND THE PEANUTS MOVIE
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Both movies play each day. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 13, Friday
FIELD OF DREAMS AT CHS BALLPARK
Virginia Film Festival / Charlottesville Tom Sox.
In partnership with the Charlottesville Tom Sox, the VFF will present a free screening of the beloved baseball film, Field of Dreams. The screening will begin immediately following the Tom Sox baseball game, which begins at 6pm. The film screening will be free and open to the public. Rain date July 14. Come early to enjoy an assortment of food trucks, hard cider available for purchase from Bold Rock, and a live DJ from WTJU. Charlottesville High School.  6pm game.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 14, Saturday
MOANA MOVIE MATINEE
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Come watch Disney's Moana, rated PG. Through adventure and song Moana fulfills her quest and discovers her own identity. Feel free to come in costume and sing-along. Free popcorn and drinks. Gordon Avenue Library.  2-4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
July 17 & 18, Tuesday-Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE AND FERDINAND
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1 .  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 4-25, Wednesdays
FREE FAMILY FILM SERIES
Violet Crown Cinema and Virginia Discovery Museum.
Grab the popcorn, sit back and relax, and keep cool this summer with a free Family Film Series. July 4: Space Jam. July 11: Goonies. July 18: The Muppet Movie (1979). July 25: E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. After the movie, families can enjoy half-price same-day admission to the Virginia Discovery Museum when they redeem their ticket stub at the museum's check-in desk. Violet Crown Cinema.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-529-3000. 
 
June 5-August 1, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
Regal Stonefield Cinema.
Enjoy a choice of two family-friendly flicks every week. Both movie play each day. Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX.  10am.  $1.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-3213. 
 
June 16-August 18, Third Saturdays
SILVER SCREEN SATURDAYS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Wonder Woman (PG-13) in June and July and Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) in August. Northside Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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July 11, Wednesday
PICTURES & PAGES WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum of Art / JMRL.
Start with a book and then go look as you take a visit The Fralin Art Museum to share stories, music, and movement. Then the docents invite the youngest art patrons to explore the Museum. Stories will help enrich the art experience of the current exhibit. Ages 2-4. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-11:45am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
July 19, Thursday
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
Explore the exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food, libations and music in Charlottesville. Featuring beer from Hardywood Park Brewery, wine from Ankida Ridge Vineyard in Amherst, as well as Charlottesville's best food trucks. Live music by We Are Star Children. This event also has a Kids Zone with Australian-themed children's activities. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  5-9pm.  $5, Members Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-0234. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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July 4, Wednesday
FOURTH OF JULY FREE ADMISSION TO LEWIS GINTER
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Take advantage of free admission to the Garden on this day featuring Butterflies LIVE!, Origami in the Garden, live music from the Happy Lucky Combo, a parade, and more. Open rain or shine. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
July 6, Friday
HISTORIC TREE WALK AT HIGHLAND
Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards & James Monroe's Highland.
The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will teach participants more about Highlands trees during this free 90-minute walk. You will also see a hemlock and towering white oak that date to Monroes time. Learn how to identify trees in the summer using leaves, bark, twigs, form, and many other features, as well as how Highland trees and tree-ring dating have contributed to historical interpretation. Registration is required. Please register through Highland's website. Attendance is limited to 25 people. James Monroe's Highland.  9-10:30 am.  $Free and open to the public.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
July 7, Saturday
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Join Leigh Surdukowski of the Monticello Bird Club for a bird walk. Beginners always welcome. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area. Binoculars available to share. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 7, Saturday
PICNIC IN THE PARK
Madison County.
A fun afternoon with a free picnic in the park. Play volleyball in the grass and sand courts, corn hole, kickball or bocce ball. Kids will love the 100-foot slip and slide. Concessions will be available. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  4-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 8, Sunday
BUTTERFLIES AT IVY CREEK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Join Mike Scott for a butterfly walk at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Start by meeting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Center to see Mike's display of the butterflies and an introduction to identification skills. Then continue on the trails with Mike. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  1-3:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
July 10, Tuesday
TUESDAY TUNES WITH MEADOW MOUNTAIN
The Front Porch/James Monroe's Highland.
James Monroe's Highland, in partnership with The Front Porch, hosts the 4th annual Tuesday Tunes, a three-part series of sunset concerts at the home of President James Monroe. Bring the family out with blanket and chairs in tow to enjoy local music. Local food and alcohol vendors will be on-site. James Monroe's Highland.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
July 11 & 12, Wednesday & Thursday
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
Traveling Players Teen Ensemble presents Love's Labour's Lost. Skyland's Peak View Stage.  Directions: Shenandoah National Park.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 19, Thursday
LET'S GO PAINT AND SKETCH
Monticello.
Flower gardener Debbie Donley provides tools and inspiration for budding artists and their favorite grownups to discover their talents amid the Monticello flower gardens. All materials are provided. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  9:30-11:30am.  $12 adults; $9 ages 5-11; free under age 5.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
July 21, Saturday
BLACKBERRY DELIGHT
Shenandoah National Park.
An annual event that celebrates the sweet-tart fruit in all its glory. Skyland chefs create these special blackberry-infused dishes, and combine it with a full day of live music, dancing, local crafts, pony rides, and kid's activities to make it a fun day for the entire family. Skyland.  Directions: (mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive).  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
June 22, July 13 & August 10, Fridays
WHO'S AWAKE? A FAMILY NIGHT HIKE
Maymont.
Ever wonder who stays awake while you sleep? Meet some of Maymont's nighttime residents and learn about their nocturnal adaptations through experiments, games and a hike of the grounds. Owls, skunks and many other creatures of the dark will help shed some light onto their mysterious ways. Ages 4 & older; adult must accompany children 15 & under. Maymont Nature Center.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  7:30-9:30pm.  $8 per person/$6 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7168. 
 
May 26-September 2
ALBEMARLE COUNTY BEACHES OPEN
Albemarle County Parks & Recreation.
On Saturday, May 26, swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend. Beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend, except when Albemarle County Schools are in session. This year, swimming will be available daily beginning on June 8, 2018. Various beach locations.  Daylight hours.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 7-September 13, Second and Fourth Thursdays
FIDOS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA allowing leashed pets during the second and fourth Thursdays of each month's Flowers After 5. Water Play in the Children's Garden will be available weather permitting. A suggested pet admission price of $2 benefits the SPCA. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 7-September 14, Thursdays
FLOWERS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Relax on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on the second and fourth Thursdays of June, July, August and Thursday September 13 to allow leashed pets at "Fidos After 5." Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 27-September 30, Select Sundays
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
April 6-October 14
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies. Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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June 23, Saturday
JASON LEJUGGLER'S JUGGLING SHOW
JMRL- Northside Library.
This juggling show will amaze audiences of all ages. Northside Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 4-25, Mondays
FAMILY FIESTA IN THE PARK
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Families are invited to come out to enjoy free special entertainment with performances at the Woodland Picnic Shelter with easy access to the playground, pool or a nice walk along the river. See website for performers. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6pm.  $Free, donations accepted.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
June 26, Tuesday
CHARLOTTE'S WEB
JMRL - Central.
Get tangled up in this captivating tale of friendship and loyalty as the Roanoke Children's Theatre performs this feel-good, heartwarming classic that is perfect for the whole family. Central Library.  10:30am.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 26, Tuesday
TUESDAY TUNES WITH FASTER THAN WALKING
James Monroe Highland/ The Front Porch.
James Monroe's Highland, in partnership with The Front Porch, hosts the 4th annual Tuesday Tunes, a three-part series of sunset concerts at the home of President James Monroe. Bring a picnic, blanket or chairs and the whole family and enjoy live music at sunset. Local food and alcohol vendors will also be on-site. James Monroe Highland.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
June 27, Wednesday
CHARLOTTE'S WEB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Get tangled up in this captivating tale of friendship and loyalty as the Roanoke Children's Theatre performs this feel-good, heartwarming classic that is perfect for the whole family. Crozet Library.  10am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
June 27, Wednesday
CHARLOTTE'S WEB
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Get tangled up in this captivating tale of friendship and loyalty as the Roanoke Children's Theatre performs this feel-good, heartwarming classic that is perfect for the whole family. Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 28, Thursday
CHARLOTTE'S WEB
JMRL- Northside Library.
Get tangled up in this captivating tale of friendship and loyalty as the Roanoke Children's Theatre performs this feel-good, heartwarming classic that is perfect for the whole family. Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 28, Thursday
OPERA IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Opera / IX Art Park.
A fun, free, outdoor performance by Charlottesville Opera in the IX Art Park sculptural greenspace. Food trucks, beverages and ice cream available. IX Art Park.  6-8:30pm.  $Free.  Email: info@charlottesvilleopera.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-4500. 
 
July 5, Thursday
CHICKEN LITTLE: THE SKY IS FALLING
JMRL - Northside.
Bright Star Theatre gives this classic story a modern twist. When Chicken Little gets bonked on the head by an unknown object, confusion reigns in the barnyard as the animals try to figure out the problem. JMRL - Northside Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
July 10, Tuesday
DREAMTIME: TALES FROM DOWN UNDER
JMRL- Central Library.
Experience the magic of stories from the Australian Dreamtime with the Barefoot Puppet Theatre. Learn how the emu became a flightless bird, why the platypus looks so strange, and meet a giant, ocean-swallowing frog. Central Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
July 10, Tuesday
TUESDAY TUNES WITH MEADOW MOUNTAIN
The Front Porch/James Monroe's Highland.
James Monroe's Highland, in partnership with The Front Porch, hosts the 4th annual Tuesday Tunes, a three-part series of sunset concerts at the home of President James Monroe. Bring the family out with blanket and chairs in tow to enjoy local music. Local food and alcohol vendors will be on-site. James Monroe's Highland.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
July 14-15, Saturday-Sunday
SHAKESPEARE IN SCOTTSVILLE: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST
Summer Shakes.
This is the third annual summer performance of a cast of 24 youth aged 9-16. In addition, there is a donations only dress rehearsal on July 12 at 7pm. Christ Church, Scottsville,.  7pm Saturday; 3pm Sunday.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lisa Schneider.  Email: summershakesinscottsville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-3629. 
 
July 17, Tuesday
TAG ALONG, SING ALONG (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VA)
JMRL- Central Library.
Join Einstein's Monkey in an upbeat show full of dancing, clapping, and singing along to songs that celebrate joy and life through upbeat rock music. Central Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
July 19, Thursday
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
JMRL - Northside Library.
Join Impressions Theatre as Tom and Huck set out on a grand adventure. They team up to build a monument so they will be remembered forever. To do so, they travel the globe to steal pieces from the greatest examples of architecture in the world. Northside Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
July 13-August 12
KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL
Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Based on the Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, this wacky, heart-warming tale of kerfuffle is bubbly, colorful, and perfect for kids and adults alike. The Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn.  $18+.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-282-2620. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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June 20-23, Wednesday-Saturday
CAROLINE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Racing pigs, community exhibits, petting zoo, camel rides, games, contests and more. See website for full schedule. Caroline County Agricultural Fair Grounds.  Directions: 8332 Country Fair Lane, Ruther Glen.  5pm nightly, 12pm Saturday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-466-1507. 
 
June 24, Sunday
FRENCH CREPES AT DELFOSSE
Delfosse Vineyards.
Come and celebrate French Crepe Day. Select from a menu of 5 different crepes. Please make a reservation for groups of 5 or more. Delfosse Vineyards.  Directions: 500 Delfosse Winery Lane, Faber.  11am-2pm.  Email: kyle@delfossewine.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-6100. 
 
June 24, Sunday
FRISBEE GOLF AT DEVILS BACKBONE BREWING COMPANY
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Meet up in The Meadows for Frisbee Golf. The event is free, so bring the whole crew. Devils Backbone Brewing Company.  3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
June 24, Sunday
VENDOR BINGO TO SUPPORT LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Like A Boss Networking & Events.
Do some shopping and try to win some prizes. Kids can enjoy balloon animals, face painting & glitter temporary tattoos. Bingo cards in sets of 15 are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Grand prize bingo cards also available and we will have a 50/50 raffle and bake sale. To purchase Bingo cards in advance, email: bingoticketsales@gmail.com. Best Western Plus Crossroads Inn & Suites.  1-6pm.  $Free Admission/Cost for Bingo Cards.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Melissa Bibb.  Email: thesophisticatescentralva@yahoo.com. For more info call: 540-748-2740. 
 
May 22 & June 26, Tuesdays
TODDLERS IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum.
Families are invited to a new program for toddlers 12-24 months and their adult companions. Led by a Museum educator, pairs will be introduced to big ideas in development theory and given time to playfully practice strategies in the Museum space. Registration is required. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-10:45am.  Contact: Education department .  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
June 29, Friday
READING TAKES YOU EVERYWHERE ART CLASS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Have you ever wanted to join your child in one of their classes? Join Venable art teacher Melissa Combs in an art class designed to be done by a child and their adult. Create a pencil box using books that can be "taken everywhere." Grades K-1 with an adult. Required registration begins May 24. Gordon Ave Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 26-30, Tuesday-Saturday
GREENE COUNTY FAIR
Greene County.
Entertainment, food, concerts, animal shows, contests and more. See website for schedule and prices. Greene County Fairgrounds.  Directions: Located on Route 230 (Madison Road) off of Route 33 Business in Standardsville.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-985-6663. 
 
June 30, Saturday
SUMMER SKATING PARTY
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Bring your skates or use Carver's and roll into summer with an evening of skating. Live DJ and light refreshments. Carver Recreation Center.  5-8pm.  $3 residents, $4 non-residents.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Celebrate Independence Day with swimming, face painting, pony rides, live music, food and fireworks at dark. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  4-9pm.  $free; donations welcome to benefit Madison County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT POPLAR FOREST
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Enjoy colonial-style entertainment; demonstrations by colonial artisans and craftsmen; colonial militia recruiting; archaeology displays; children’s activities; a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence; and more. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  10am-4pm.  $9 Adults, 14 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT RED HILL
Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation.
Celebrate the fourth with Patrick Henry. This event will feature historical interpretations and tours, kids games, art & craft vendors, live music, fireworks and more. Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial.  Directions: 1250 Red Hill Road, Brookneal.  3-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-7463. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT AND CELEBRATION
James Monroe's Highland.
Highland will host the Heifetz International Music Institute for a free concert and free grounds access throughout the day. Visitors can enjoy family games and activities from 11am-4pm. Visitors are encouraged to picnic and bring their own food or select from the Highland Fare options at the Museum Shop, including sandwiches, salads, snacks, and soft drinks. James Monroe's Highland.  2-4pm, 11am-4pm activities.  $Free and open to the public.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
NELSON COUNTY'S FOURTH OF JULY PARADE
Nelson County.
Bring your church, organization, school, etc. and celebrate the birthday of our great nation on a float, with a marching group, in an antique car, plus more. Parade starts at 11am. Front Street, Lovingston.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  Email: ashtoncsmith@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-7130. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
OLD-FASHIONED FUN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Frontier Culture Museum.
Enjoy a traditional Independence Day celebration on the American exhibits featuring readings of the Declaration of Independence, food, music, and contests. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Ave., Staunton.  9am-5pm.  $Special Admission Pay What You Will.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
PRE-FIREWORKS PARTY
DuCard Vineyards.
Enjoy music by Mattie Fuller. Enjoy his talented easy listening soft rock, pop, Americana, and originals acoustic style. BBQ available for purchase from Pig & Steak Restaurant. Then head over to Graves Mountain Lodge for their great fireworks display five minutes down the road. Family, friends, and pets welcome too. No cover. DuCard Vineyards.  4-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
July 7, Saturday
6TH ANNUAL PLAYIN' IN THE PARK INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Orange County.
The Playin' in the Park Independence Celebration features live music, a Touch-A-Truck, kid's activities, fireworks, and more. Booster Park, Orange .  5-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5435. 
 
July 7, Saturday
ELKTON FIELD DAY PARADE
Town of Elkton.
A parade in the Town of Elkton. Elkton.  5-6pm, line up starts at 4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Margaretta Isom.  For more info call: 540-298-8630. 
 
July 8, Sunday
JUSTIN ROBERTS AND THE NOT READY FOR NAPTIME PLAYERS AT C'VILLE FAMILY JAMS
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Come at 4 pm to enjoy FSBC's pools, grounds and cafe. Then enjoy seeing two-time GRAMMY Nominee Justin Roberts. Justin and his band, The Not Ready for Naptime Players, have travelled the globe, from Hong Kong to New York, and Miami to Seattle...and now Charlottesville. Benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Blue Ridge. Fry's Spring Beach Club,Fry's Spring Beach Club.  4-7 pm.  $10/person or $35/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
July 10, Tuesday
SOCA SUMMER BASH
SOCA.
SOCA will host a festive feast in conjunction with the 2018 World cup semi-final match in support of the Field House project. The Paramount Theater.  Email: soca@socaspot.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5025. 
 
July 11, Wednesday
FREE SLURPEE DAY
7-Eleven.
Just in time for the summer heat - stop in at any participating 7-Eleven store and get a free Slurpee drink. Participating 7-Eleven stores.  8am-11pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 15, Sunday
MISTER G AT CVILLE FAMILY JAMS
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Come at 4 pm and enjoy FSBC's pools, grounds, and cafe before the 5pm show. Mister G is a Latin GRAMMY winner for Best Childrens Album. Called a bilingual rockstar by The Washington Post and irresistible by People Magazine, his albums have won three Parents Choice Awards. This show will benefit International Neighbors. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  4-7pm.  $10/person or $35/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
July 19, Thursday
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
Explore the exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food, libations and music in Charlottesville. Featuring beer from Hardywood Park Brewery, wine from Ankida Ridge Vineyard in Amherst, as well as Charlottesville's best food trucks. Live music by We Are Star Children. This event also has a Kids Zone with Australian-themed children's activities. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  5-9pm.  $5, Members Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-0234. 
 
July 20, Friday
AFTER HOURS: LIBRARY MINI GOLF
JMRL- Central Library.
See the inside of the library transformed into 9 rounds of fun. Enjoy 3 rounds of golf on each floor ranging from easy to hard. Fun for the whole family. Balls and clubs provided. Central Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
July 21, Saturday
MOVIES & GROOVIES: FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
Bold Rock Cider.
A unique music and movie pairing series featuring: Local live music, a movie screening in the meadow on a jumbo 30-foot screen, Bold Rock Hard Cider, food trucks, movie themed activities and much more. Bold Rock Cider.  Directions: 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1030. 
 
July 23, Monday
SCREEN PRINTING CRAFT WORKSHOP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Learn simple screen printing techniques to try out on a blank canvas tote bag. All materials provided. Ages 14+. Required registration begins July 9. Crozet Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
June 13-July 26, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP 'N STOMP
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required and should be for either day's session. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 27-July 28, Fourth Saturdays except in June
FAFSA SUPER SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
PVCC.
Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? PVCC can help. Students and parents should bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. PVCC Main Building, Room M154.  9am-12pm.  $Free and open to the public.  Email: finaid@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 10, July 8 & August 5, Sundays
SUNDAY SUNDOWNS
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Join in an afternoon of fun, with a cookout, music, games and free swimming at Washington Park Pool. Washington Park Pool.  Directions: 1001 Preston Avenue.  4-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3260. 
 
June 23 & August 18, Saturdays
SOUNDS OF SUMMER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Free community celebration with live music, fun and free food as long as supplies last. Belmont Park & Azalea Park.  6-8pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3260. 
 
August 19, Sunday
RED YARN AT C'VILLE FAMILY JAMS
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Come at 4 pm and enjoy FSBC's pools, grounds, and cafe before the 5pm show. Join Red Yarn (aka singer Andy Furgeson) as he alternates between playing guitar & singing and doing bits with his puppets about a totally inclusive barn party on an imaginary farm. All proceeds go to Barrett Early Learning Center. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  4-7 pm.  $10/person and $35/family.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
June-August
SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Adults, teens, and kids can all participate in the same program, using the same process. Pick up your first challenge sheet from any library branch or download it from the JMRL website. Complete the reading challenges with a friend or family member and earn prizes. All JMRL branches.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 26-September 1, Saturdays
SUMMER CELEBRATION SERIES AT BOAR'S HEAD
Boar's Head Inn.
Starting at dusk, see family-friendly movies on a giant, 12-foot inflatable screen while you relax on your most comfortable blanket or lawn chair. Beforehand, jam under the stars to your favorite band. Bring a friend and enjoy an array of food and beverage options suitable for kids and adults. Boar's Head Inn.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7105. 
 
Now-September 7, Fridays
$5 AFTER FIVE: LATE-PLAY NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUM
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Play late on Fridays at the Museum from spring into the end of summer. No registration required. Virginia Discovery Museum.  $5 per family.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
First Full Weekends
FREE ADMISSION TO VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Bank of America / Virginia Discovery Museum.
The first full weekend of the month, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust credit and debit cardholders will get free admission to the Museum. Virginia Discovery Museum.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
PINBALL AT PAUL'S PINBALL PALACE
Pinball Palace.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. The Glass Building.  7-11pm Fridays, 1-6pm Sundays.  $10 for unlimited play. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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June 23, Saturday
WILDROCK'S TREE HUGGER TRAIL RUN/HIKE
Wildrock.
Run a 4.3 mountain trail (prizes will be awarded for each age category) or do a later 1.3 family loop to find 20 Hug Me signs on trees along the trail. Magic Bowl Food Truck and free Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream will be available afterward. The playscape will be open for post-race fun. Funds support the On Solid Ground Outreach program. Wildrock, Crozet.  8am or 11am runs.  $25 per participant or family.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
June 24, Sunday
TOM SOX VS. FRONT ROYAL CARDINALS
Tom Sox.
Battle of the Badges and First Responders Night. TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 26, Tuesday
TOM SOX VS. NEW MARKET
Tom Sox.
Come cheer on the Tom Sox at home. TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 29, Friday
BARK IN THE PARK NIGHT
Tom Sox.
Bring your dog to the Tom Sox game or adopt one from the Charlottesvlle-Albemarle SPCA. Doggie wading pools will be available and a portion of a 50/50 raffle will be noted to CASPCA. Dogs must be on fixed leashes at all times - no retractable leashes allowed. TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 30, Saturday
SUMMER SKATING PARTY
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Bring your skates or use Carver's and roll into summer with an evening of skating. Live DJ and light refreshments. Carver Recreation Center.  5-8pm.  $3 residents, $4 non-residents.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 4, Wednesday
35TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY 5K RACE
The Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville and The Charlottesville Track Club.
A Charlottesville Holiday tradition since 1983. Award categories for all age groups, including the youngsters (10 & younger). Benefits Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children with special health needs. Hollymead Elementary School.  7:30-9:30am.  $25-30.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jim Hart.  Email: jhart46201@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-2094. 
 
July 7, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL FIREBALL DASH AND SPLASH
Town of Elkton.
The race starts with a 1-mile DASH (or walk) from 4th Street to Riverside Park where you pick up your tube and float 1-mile down the Shenandoah River to the Finish Line at the Town of Elkton Boat Launch. Proceeds benef the EFVA. 4th Street, Elkton.  10am-2pm.  $25.  Special Needs Accommodation: Gina Washington  Email: gina1216@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-908-3400. 
 
July 15, Sunday
8TH ANNUAL JEFFERSON SPRINT TRIATHLON & DUATHLON
Charlottesville Multisports.
Find out why experienced racers to beginners keep coming back for this family friendly, neighborhood event year after year. Pool swim followed by beautiful rolling hills bike and a mostly flat run. New this year, the Youth USAT Splash and Dash. Crozet Park/YMCA.  7:30am-2pm adults, 11am-2pm kids dash.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 21, Saturday
MASCOTS FOR A CURE NIGHT
Tom Sox.
Several local mascots join together to help fight childhood cancer. Proceeds from the game will go to the Bradley W. Jackson Foundation fund at UVA Children's Hospital. Some of the participating mascots include CavMan, The Cow from Chick-fil-A and Cosmo the Sheepdog. TomSox field at Charlottesville High School.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@tomsox.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
Thursdays in July
ALL-COMERS SUMMER TRACK MEETS
Charlottesville Track Club.
A summer tradition since 1975 - the Charlottesville Track Club will host a series of races from 100 meters to 5,000 meters for all ages and all abilities. Special events for children as well as parent/child and sibling relays. Race day signup only. Price is per person, not per event. Kids receive a track ribbon for each event. UVA Track at Lannigan Field.  6-8pm.  $2 non-member, $1 ctc member.  All ages welcome.  Email: charlottesvilletrackclub@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
This open gym play time is geared towards Moms or Dads (or Grandmas, etc) and toddlers. No registration is necessary. This playgroup is geared toward kids under 6, but homeschoolers are welcome. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434 939 9177. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open Gym/Playtime for moms or dads and toddlers. Fridays from 9:30 - noon. No registration necessary. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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July 12, Thursday
DREAMTIME: TALES FROM DOWN UNDER
JMRL- Northside Library.
Experience the magic of stories from the Australian Dreamtime with the Barefoot Puppet Theatre. Learn how the emu became a flightless bird, why the platypus looks so strange, and meet a giant, ocean-swallowing frog. Northside Library.  4-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 20-July 26, Wednesdays or Thursdays
SUMMERTIME STORIES
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays intended for 2 to 5 year olds, but all are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Note: Due to space limitations, this storytime cannot accommodate special groups. Northside Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 30 & July 28, Saturday
DONUTS WITH DAD
JMRL - Central Library.
A delicious storytime designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, grandads, uncles or buddies (and, of course, moms). Central Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 16-August 25, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am & 1pm.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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June 28-30, Thursday-Saturday
1776, THE CONCERT MUSICAL
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Theatre al fresco returns to Poplar Forest for an evening with the special presentation of 1776--the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone based on the events leading up to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Rain date is Sunday July 1. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  7:30pm.  $17.76 adults, $13 youth/students, $4 children.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
July 11 & 12, Wednesday & Thursday
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
Traveling Players Teen Ensemble presents Love's Labour's Lost. Skyland's Peak View Stage.  Directions: Shenandoah National Park.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 19-July 29
THE COCOANUTS
Heritage Theatre.
This tour-de-farce romp puts Groucho at the helm of a fourth-rate 1920's Florida hotel where he tries to swindle gullible tourists with shady land deals. Irving Berlin songs add to the frivolity of a deliciously silly musical that is perfect for the whole family. Culbreth Theatre.  All ages welcome.  Email: heritage@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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